Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Bellows are king at the OC Marketplace in Costa Mesa. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coming Attractions, Stage-Style: Segerstrom Sneak Preview

Coming Attractions, Stage-Style: Segerstrom Sneak Preview

Eager for the coming season at the Costa Mesa culture-cool favorite? Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Feast: PigOut 3.0

OC Feast: PigOut 3.0

The Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project calls upon Costa Mesa. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Budweiser Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Costa Mesa

The Budweiser Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Costa Mesa

The famous manes will welcome the return of the OC Market Place. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Churros, you're the next wacky frontier on the culinary landscape. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Ready for this year's outlandish batch of edibles? Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Woodstock Lives: Costa Mesa Time Machine

Woodstock Lives: Costa Mesa Time Machine

The colorful VWs'll be out in funky force over Fourth of July weekend. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Segerstrom Shows Go LEGO

The 2014-2015 season receives a colorful tribute at the Costa Mesa performing... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Segerstrom Summer Tradition: Free Films

Segerstrom Summer Tradition: Free Films

A cuddle-up-under-the-stars Costa Mesa favorite is back. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 7:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vintage Vibes: West Coast Rockabilly Showdown

Vintage Vibes: West Coast Rockabilly Showdown

Bands'll by out, doing their twangy-cool style thing, in Costa Mesa. Read »

About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.